Loretta Lynn (middle) performs onstage at the CMAs in Novemner. Sheryl Crow (left) and Miranda Lambert sang with her. Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic hide caption

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Singers Have A Ball On Album Dedicated To 'Honky Tonk Girl' Loretta Lynn

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No Age's new album, Everything in Between, touches on the duo's speedy skate-punk roots. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Age Shrieks And Soothes On 'Everything In Between'

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Of Montreal's Humanist Sermon On 'False Priest'

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On Champ, the Toronto band Tokyo Police Club has slowed down its tempo. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tokyo Police Club Slows The Pace With 'Champ'

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On The Sellout, Macy Gray sings often-ambiguous lyrics that move back and forth from her "honey boo" to her career. Guiliano Bekor hide caption

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Macy Gray: A Spiritual Comeback With 'The Sellout'

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Eric Harm (from left), Ian Graetzer and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus. Bao Nguyen hide caption

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Titus Andronicus: Civil War Punk Rock

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Earthology is a world-music pastiche that took Whitefield Brothers 15 years to assemble. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Whitefield Brothers: A Dance Travelogue

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Dessa puts a hip-hop spin on old-fashioned songwriting. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dessa: Breaking The Rules Of Rap

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Although Merrill Garbus made her album with a laptop, she's a staunch bohemian who's big on slowing life down. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs: Low-Fi And Beautiful 'Brains'

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Oliver Sim (far left) and Romy Madley Croft (left of center) of The xx shift roles without ever seeming hostile, cold or even unsupportive. Owen Richards hide caption

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The xx: Switching Roles In Song

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An Irrepressible Tribute To Charlie Poole

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Nellie McKay's Love Letter To Doris Day

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Mulatu Astatke's 'Ethio-Jazz' Gets A New Edge

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Oumou Sangare: Sonic And Political Muscle

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